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R.L. Stine gives Twitter goosebumps
To borrow a quote from the back cover of Goosebumps Series 2000, “Welcome to the new millennium of fear.”
Welcome to Dead House, Stay Out of the Basement, and Night of the Living Mummy. For some young adult readers, those titles still likely cause slight chills of terror and excitement.
Author R.L. Stine playfully introduced a generation to the horror genre with his Goosebumps series, churning out tales of the cryptic and creepy at a stunning pace.
Now the prolific writer appears to have found another way to frighten readers—on Twitter.
Last week on his verified account, which boasts more than 45,000 followers, Stine delivered a spooky story, using Twitter’s character limitation as opportunity to pen a series of cliff-hangers. The untitled short is perhaps the most high profile example of a writer using the microblogging site as a platform for interactive storytelling.
The quick but fun read is captured in its entirety in accompanying Storify below, compiled by Jason Boog.
Photo via Twitter
Austin Powell is the former managing editor of the Daily Dot. His work focuses on the intersection of entertainment and technology. He previously served as a music columnist for the Austin Chronicle and is the co-author of The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology.